Wastebook Highlights $30 Billion of 'Stupid Spending'

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A modest budget deal that has created a lot of buzz about bipartisanship in Washington is set to go before the full Senate today.

The deal is supposed to cut the deficit in the long-term, but it restores $45 billion in scheduled cuts.

But Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., lamented that Washington is still unable to curb any spending, any time, any where.

In his annual "Wastebook," he points to dozens of examples of outrageous and over-the-top government spending.

He cites examples like the U.S. State Department spending $630,000 to attract followers to its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

And a study on angry wives allowed the government to spend $300 million to learn that women would find marriage more satisfying if they could calm down faster during arguments with their husbands.

In Nevada, $17 million in tax exemptions went to brothels. Deductions ranged from breast implants to promotional free passes to bring in new customers.

And in what might be the most outrageous example, Fort Hood shooter Nadal Hassan collected $278,000 in military benefits because the military Code of Justice doesn't allow a soldier to be suspended until they are found guilty.

"Inside the Wastebook this year is $30 billion of stupid, what I would consider stupid, or at least poor judgment, when it comes to spending money in a time when we have very little money to spare," Coburn said.

Coburn said his report speaks volumes about why the American people have lost confidence in the government and why Congress' approval rating is at an all time low.

"We see no waste, cut no waste, and embrace increasing the burden on the American people because we won't do our job," Coburn added. "And that's Republican and Democrat alike."

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